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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
The International Festival of Short Films and Animation Barcelona Mecal Pro is back. This is the 17th edition and Sweden is the guest country this time round, so you can see short-form film samples dedicated to the country. From the 11th March – 19th April the competition will screen more than 350 short films from 40 different countries selected among 5300 projects.
The Museum of World Cultures of Barcelona shows its visiting public the artistic and cultural diversity of different cultures from Africa, Asia, America and Oceania. The museum presides in two gothic palaces opposite of Picasso’s Museum on Montcada Street, in the Born neighbourhood where the DHUB once was. Both buildings have been adapted to cater to the needs of the new museum and we must say, we are quite impressed with how they have used the space.
Aracaladanza, a dance company hailed from Madrid presents “Pequeños Paraisos” – an entertaining children’s performance. Keep the kids occupied with impressive visuals, light displays and other surprising details that will bring out the inner child in you. It promises to set your mind free, opening up your imagination to a plethora of delightful moments.
Honestly, who doesn’t love a mercadillo (little market) on the weekend? This weekend sees the third edition of the We Love Cats market do it’s thing at co-working space Crec. With Christmas fast approaching it is the perfect place to buy presents for those that love more handmade and creative crafts and models, all related to cats! Sure you have at least one friend or family member that adores gatos.
Celebrating its 21st edition is L’Alternativa Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona, an annual film-making festival for art lovers alike. The festival is organised by La Fàbrica, which also helps set up thought-provoking spaces where film professionals can get together and discuss key issues, as well as offering education and training opportunities in different areas of filmmaking. L’Alternativa hosts screenings of contemporary film artworks of lesser known directors worldwide, in addition to some other great sections as well.
48h Open House BCN is now in it’s fifth year, and allows visitors to get the chance to take a look inside more than 150 buildings around Barcelona city. It is part of the worldwide Open House initiative, which promotes outstanding architecture for all to experience and to encourage dialogue about urban space in general. On the 25 and 26 October, where apartments, former factories, libraries, hotels, private homes and more, open their doors.
This Saturday sees yet another edition of Open Air Festival and happens to be located at Plaza Universidad, just by our central apartments. Open Air is an outdoor festival of music, design and art. Initiative and production Mutual (Event production and Art Center), with the collaboration of Laboor (Design and Infrastructure) and support from the University of Barcelona, this time.
Modernista architect Manuel Raspall was responsible for more than 700 projects around Spain. Raspall also acted as developer, as was the municipal architect Ametlla, La Garriga, Caldes de Montbui and Granollers in a period of growth that forced these municipalities to develop an effective urban planning until the 80s. El Molino, La Monumental and Palau Mornau are just some of his works.
This Friday sees the opening of contemporary exhibition “Virutas” (Chips) by the works of illustrator and painter Gabriel Pérez Raventós, showcasing pieces that evolved organically by mixing wood and unusual materials. As a former carpenter, the texture, form and nature of a material is key to Raventos work, as he finds different and creative ways to mould them into works of art. There are no preconceived ideas, great plan or agenda.
This exhibition presents a series of intimate portraits where the artists draws faces and then breaks them down to reveal the true self. This distorted reality gets to the core an individual, without vanity, shame, regret or anything else, there is no room for pretence. The images are very emotional and sensitive, elegantly capturing beauty and the works have all been created by artist Ral (Ral Huerta).